Robert M. Moore, who for thirteen years has been successfully engaged in the hardware business at Columbus City,
is a native son of Louisa county and one of its highly esteemed citizens. He was born on a farm in Columbus City
township, July 31, 1848, a son of Mitchell and Margaret (Orr) Moore, both of whom were natives of Tennessee. They
were married in their native state and came to Iowa in 1842, settling in Columbus City township. Here Mr. Moore
entered two hundred acres of land and engaged in farming during the remainder of his life. There were nine children
in the family, namely: F. J., who served as county supervisor for six years and is now deceased; D. W., who resides
in Des Moines; Jane, who is how the wife of John Rossenberger, of Oklahoma; John S., deceased; Joseph M., who served
as a soldier in the Civil war and was killed at the battle of Atlanta, Georgia; Ebenezer, who died at the age of
three years; Anna J., who became the wife of J. H. Richie, of Allerton, Iowa; Robert M.; and Margaret, who became
the wife of L. L. Baird of Ringgold county, Iowa, and is now deceased.
In the common schools Robert M. Moore received his preliminary education and on his father's farm he became acquainted
with all classes of work pertaining to agriculture and stock raising. After reaching maturity he ran a ditching
machine for three years and then rented one hundred and sixty acres of land, which he cultivated to good advantage.
He bought eighty acres, upon which he lived for ten years, and then disposed of it in order to enter the hardware
business in Columbus City, where he has made his home since 1898. He has applied himself closely to mercantile
pursuits and has built up a lucrative patronage, being also the owner of his home in Columbus City.
On the 12th of September, 1872, Mr. Moore was married to Miss Lizzie J. Baird, a daughter of John and Mary (Atcheson)
Baird. There were nine children in the Baird family, namely: J. Calvin, deceased; Lizzie J.; Euphemia, who is the
wife of W. W. Orr, of Albia, Monroe county, Iowa; Thomas L., of Ringgold county; Nettie, who married J. J. Moore,
of Louisa county; and Ella, Lina, Emma and Sherman, all of whom are deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Moore four children
were born: Mary, who is engaged in teaching school at Columbus Junction; Maggie and Lilly, both of whom are deceased;
and J. Fred, who is filling the position of principal of schools at Columbus City.
Mr. Moore is a stanch friend of education and is known as one of the enterprising and progressive men of Columbus
City, who is always willing to contribute his share toward the development of the best interests of the community.
He has made a conscientious study of political and social questions and as a result gives his support to the prohibition
party, believing that the saloon is one of the greatest evils with which the country is afflicted. He is a man
of high character and worthy ideals, and as he is always straightforward in business he has earned the confidence
and esteem of the people irrespective of religion or political bias.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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